Flutie's career at BU saw him become the all-time total offense leader in the game, surpassing the record of BYU's Jim McMahon. At a mere early doubters who questioned whether he was big enough to play in the big leagues of college football. Douglas S. Looney, resident college football expert at Sports Illustrated, wrote, "Little Flutie is far bigger than merely the best Eagle of all time. He's on the threshold of being the best New England college football player ever." And Tim Cohane, longtime sports editor of Look, and a football historian who has seen all the great ones going back more than half-a-century, added that Flutie is the most exciting New England player since Albie Booth of Yale in 1929-31. "Flutie," observes Looney "has three things going for him on the football field: spontaneity, brains, and optimism."
Flutie became the first quarterback to win the Heisman since Pat Sullivan in 1971. He gained national attention in 1984 when he quarterbacked the Eagles to victory in a high-scoring, back-and-forth game against the Miami Hurricanes. On the last play of the game, Flutie scrambled away from the defense and threw a Hail Mary pass that was caught in the end zone by Gerard Phelan, giving BC a 47-45 win. Although many people mistakenly think that play clinched the Heisman Trophy for Flutie, the voting was already completed before that game.
Flutie left school as the NCAA’s all-time passing yardage leader with 10,579 yards and was a consensus All-America as a senior. He earned Player of the Year awards from UPI, Kodak, The Sporting News and the Maxwell Football Club.
Doug Flutie of Boston College was a runaway winner, his 678 first place votes and 2,240 points overall was the fifth highest total in Heisman Trophy history.
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